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Sinn Féin shares concerns over new benefit transfer process

24 May, 2012 - by Mickey Brady

Sinn Féin MLA Mickey Brady said that the he shares the concerns of Disability Action over the process to be used in transferring claimants from the DLA to the new PIP (Personal Independence Payment) benefit system.

The Sinn Féin spokesperson on Welfare Rights said:

“At a presentation to the DSD Committee today Disability Action expressed grave concerns about the managed reassessment process that is to transfer claimants from the DLA to the new PIP benefit. Disability Action understands that the department intends to re-assess 1000 applicants per week.

“Surely logistically this will be impossible. It is also intended to use the same process and probably the same company as the Work Capability Assessment so obviously the same problems will occur.

“This follows on from the damning statement issued by the British Medical Association on the functioning of theWork Capability Assessment and its call for the immediate ending of the procedure.”

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